Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh unit of BJP
today called upon people of Telangana and political parties
there to celebrate September 17 as `Telangana Liberation Day`
to commemorate the region`s freedom from erstwhile Nizam rule.
"Inspite of repeated requests by the party to celebrate
the day as `Telangana Liberation Day`, TDP and Congress
governments have neglected the people`s demand and it was an
affront to four-and-a-half crore people of the region," senior
BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya told reporters here.
The region got freedom from the clutches of erstwhile
Nizam rule in 1948, a year after the country`s independence in
1947, he said.
Reiterating party’s demand Dattatreya urged Chief
Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy to declare officially September 17
as Telangana Liberation Day and organise official programmes.
After freedom for the region, some of the districts were
merged in Karnataka and Maharashtra and these states celebrate
the day officially, Dattatreya said.
"Why the Andhra Pradesh government is hesitating to
celebrate the day officially," he asked.
Urging political parties in Telangana region to
celebrate the day at a large scale, Dattatreya said all
educational institutions and employees should hoist tricolour
in their offices and public places to show their strength.
Telangana, Marathwada and some districts in Karnataka
were under the control of Nizam rulers even after the country
gained independence in 1947. In September 17, 1948 the
province was liberated and integrated with the Indian union.
T Rajeshwar Rao, Chairman of Telangana struggle
committee of the state party was also present on the occasion.